I’m fairly certain that few yogis teach you to meditate in the car, or in the bathroom of your office, or in the back hallway before you leave your office. Well, a girls gotta do what a girls gotta do!
When I first returned to work, I would leave work and rush to school to pick up my kids from after school care. I spent all day away from them and could not wait to feel their arms around my neck. That RUN to school lasted for a couple of months.
Slowly, I began to realize that I was getting more tired, less patient, and more irritable in the evenings. After a particularly tough night that involved a crabby momma and tired kids, I cried in my room and tried to figure out what was going on.
I loved the work I did and I loved being with my kids, but I was forgetting about an important part of this equation – ME! I was not taking the time I needed to process the day, take care of myself, and prepare to be mom again. And this was beginning to show.
A good friend told me about an app that has short meditations for free (my favorite price.) I had always assumed that I needed to be in a quiet room, sitting in a pretzel, and breathing for 30 minutes in order to meditate. Then I opened the app and all of the meditations were only 5-10 minutes. PERFECT!
I was still excited to go to work. And even more excited to pick my kids up. But I added something in between those two things just for me.
When I had wrapped up all my work left to get the kids, I would find a good meditation in the app. Sometimes, I did this in my office at work. Or in the back hallway before going to the parking lot. Or in the parking lot at work or at school. Or even in the bathroom. (No – I don’t meditate in a moving car!)
Just this short little break of 5 or 10 minutes was all I needed to let go of work and prepare to be mommy.
This didn’t involve sitting in a pretzel or chanting of any kind. It was just standing or sitting quietly. So, anyone who stumbled across me didn’t wonder what weird new hobby I had started.
While there were days that I NEEDED more time, just taking that little bit of time helped me make it through to bedtime before I needed to do more self-care.
It allowed me to cook dinner while all three children were trying to tell me about their day at the same time. Or get through bath time without screeching about all the water on the floor. Or read the bedtime book super slow so it would put the kids to sleep.
What little things do you do to take care of yourself?